ExperiDance Production

Address: 1133 Budapest, Kárpát u. 23.

Introduction: Sándor Román – the moving spirit, the motor of the ensemble, the art director and at the same time the choreographer of ExperiDance Company.
Since its foundation in 2000 ExperiDance Production has endeavoured to renewal, to season the shows with new spices, besides respecting traditions they are courageous to change conventional forms. The many-year creative work is resulted in a unique clear-out world of dance, music and lights and nowadays the ensemble is recognized in our country and abroad as the travelling ambassador of Hungarian dance culture. All the 28 members of the ensemble were graduated from the Hungarian Dance Academy.

Performances:

I, Leonardo - The birth of Light

A brilliant artist, visionary scientist and ambitious architect – but what PERSON was Leonardo da Vinci? What did he make a living from, who did he love, and did he believe in God? The new dance play of ExperiDance Production explores these questions, presenting the less known and contradictorily exciting episodes of Leonardo’s career ...

With his highly diverse talents, Leonardo da Vinci, the Renaissance hero, liberated our thinking forever, but on the dark side of his restless mind, we find countless unfinished pieces of work, aimless drifting and solitude. ExperiDance Production presents the anatomy ofthe genius now by means of the freest art, dance, in a breathtakingly spectacular new performance.


Once upon a time of the Emperor

Queen Elizabeth, known as Sissy, married Emperor Franz Joseph I in 1854, and became the First Lady of the Empire of Austria at the age of 16. The beautiful, sensitive and untamed woman was fleeing the suffocating constraints inherent in her role throughout her life. She found happiness and love in Hungary, where the nobility adored her, especially Count Gyula Andrássy, considered to be the most handsome man in the country. However, their affection could never be fulfilled.

The legendary love inspired the co-production of ExperiDance Production and the Budapest Gypsy Symphony Orchestra. The heroes of the dance drama are a glorious queen, a daring count and a beautiful gypsy girl, who are dancing either the tense or agonising moments of never fulfilled passion. The amorous encounters and separations take place at a splendid ball, where the soloists of the Budapest Gypsy Symphony Orchestra provide lively dance music. In addition to the dancers, the band, which has been officially a Hungarian Speciality since March 2014, i.e. one of the top national performances in Hungary, guarantees a great theatre experience.



A Passionate Night in Venice

The secrets of Venice, which have been exciting the imagination of mankind for centuries, are coming to light in a breathtaking dance show on the stage of ExperiDance. We find a world of instincts filled with contradictions and passion behind the carnival masks, which is shown in its full splendour through Sándor Román’s choreography.

Aristocratic glitter and the poverty of alleys, sighs fading off in cathedrals, dancing at dawn above the city, and lots and lots of desires. This is the performance entitled ‘A Passionate Night in Venice’, in which every Venice resident is in love with someone or something: Paganini with his violin, a lady with Casanova, a banker with glittering gold coins, and Death perhaps with Life itself.

From this many confessions of love develops the dance of the city, while iconic figures from the rich history of Venice are revived on the tunes with modern rhythms of the most famous European composers.



One thousand and one years

The past of Hungary, balancing on the boundary between the historic East and West, is uniquely rich. The debuting show of ExperiDance Production presents this richness, the majestic and harrowing moments in 21 short dance performances in this piece with an ecstatic atmosphere. In a unique interpretation of history, the fate of our nation is shaped, in addition to a fight between angelic and demonic forces, by the eternal conflict between men and women, but the real main characters of every scene are hope and a determination to survive. In addition to Hungarian, gypsy and Transylvanian folk dances, we also perform the dances of our more distant neighbours, the Turks, Germans and Russians.



Revenge

The cunning poor boy, who outwits the tyrannical lord, is a favourite character in European folk tales. Since there is no more elevating moment than when the wicked receives his deserved punishment, and the clever and good-hearted hero wins the girl, the heritage or just some livestock. The Hungarian version of the tale is that of Matyi Lúdas, in which a gooseherd lectures the feudal lord Döbrögi, who set his eyes on his geese. Matyi takes revenge not once but three times, and every occasion is more hilarious than the previous one. Sándor Román’s troupe dances this story in a refreshingly modern version.



Gypsy Lords

Voivod Csóri, the leader of migrating gypsies, is dreaming about the rise and glory of gypsy country. However, in the ugly reality, he and his community got stuck in a Hungarian stronghold, which is besieged by Austrian troops. Hungarian defenders escape from the hopeless situation under the cover of night, leaving Csóri and his people to their fate. What else could the always brave and joyful gypsies do? They hold a festival, eat and drink and dance, and then prepare to defend the fortress. They manage to scare off the enemy, but unfortunately, there are ups and downs in life...

The dance comedy made on the basis of a Hungarian legend from the 16th century presents the culture of gypsies living in Europe, which is worth a treasure, in the language of movements. Sándor Román’s choreography not only interweaved gypsy folk dances with the festival in the play, but also the dances that gypsies had encountered during their migration. Turkish, Persian, East Indian and Egyptian elements complete this hilarious story.



In the Name of the King
The Renaissance era of King Matthias was a magical period when arts and sciences thrived. But perhaps even more important than this is a turnaround in thinking that placed humanistic values, i.e. love, truth and joie de vivre, in the centre instead of obsolete religious dogmas. The leading figure of the new era was the beloved king of Hungarians, Matthias Corvinus, whose humane deeds are preserved in many folktales and legends.

György Schwajda and Sándor Román’ dance play immortalise the glorious moment when King Matthias outwits hypocrites and fraudsters to put the kingdom in order. The exuberant dances and splendid Renaissance costumes of the performance entitled ‘In the name of the King’ were created in such a way that Matthias himself could not dream of more beautiful ones. The turns of the story were borrowed from William Shakespeare’s play entitled ‘Measure for Measure’, adding the Master’s genius to the colourful world of our Hungarian legends.


The Ballad of the Pearl-haired Girl

24 ExperiDance dance artists on stage, 5 excellent musical actors at the microphones and 21 sensational Omega hits in a new guise. A story that everyone who had been young and in love has experienced. The Premier of the ‘Ballad  of the Pearl-haired Girl ‒ The Alpha and Omega of Musicals’ will be on the stage of RaM Colosseum on 12 March.

The Omega Band and ExperiDance Production put their new piece on stage after several years of careful planning, meticulous coordination and feverish creative work, featuring György Szomor, Réka Koós, Nelly Fésűs, Ádám Lux and Péter R. Kárpáti, in which world-class hits strike up, such as ‘Trumpeter Charlie, ‘Petroleum Lamp’, ‘If I Were the Wind’ or the ‘Pearls in Her Hair’.

Nostradamus


The ExperiDance Dance Ensemble has decided to take a bold step: it puts an obliviously frolicking piece on stage again after many years. The ‘Nostradamus – A Wanderer of Worlds’ is a real play of joy, which twists the most spectacular pieces of choreography of the repertoire of ExperiDance in such a way that the piece becomes a great time travel over countries and ages. One of the mood managers and tour guides during the world tour is musician and actor Ganxsta Zolee.

According to the story, Nostradamus takes his deceitful wife to a world tour and time travel in order to please her and to show her that all of his predictions have come true. Nostradamus’ wife is played by Izabella Rimár, a dance artist of ExperiDance. On the trip, they are accompanied by two of Nostradamus’ students, a dumb magician who is always flirting with the wife and a pipsqueak who always behaves like a swot. They get to Australia, India and the country of gesas and samurais, Japan. The main characters also experience Spanish bravado and Russian high spirits, and even watch a football match in Brazil. A great journey also spans historical ages: in Egypt, they can witness Cleopatra and Julius Caesar’s love, they meet Copernicus, they leave Transylvania in haste due to Dracula, and Elvis sings for them in America. Finally, naturally, our heroes find a home in the heart of Europe, in Hungary.



The Count of Monte Cristo

Love, betrayal and revenge in a masterpiece, a story everybody knows, accompanied by the eternal question to which everybody is seeking for an answer: can any situation be truly hopeless or should one kindle the spark of hope forever.

The young Edmond Dantès is snatched by police from his wedding ceremony based on a criminal report. He is accused of having communicated with Napoleon who was in exile at that time. The accusation was based on a lie but Dantès could not refute it. He is taken to the Château d'If. He spent long years in prison when the demise of an unknown fellow prisoner gave him a chance to escape and he also got hold of a fortune. Off he goes then, as the Count of Monte Cristo to take revenge on those who wrecked his life. It does not take long for the Parisian elite to take notice of the gentlemen of attractive looks. And the Count proceeds determinedly towards his final destination of revenge. The only one who can make him hesitate is his love of his youth, Mercedes. Can love clear uncontrollable thirst for revenge from the heart of the man or did the years spent in prison really kill the one who was once Edmond Dantès? Love, intrigue, revenge and passion – all to be found in a play on the stage like in Dumas’s novel of eternal validity.



Frank Sinatra – The Voice

A man who survived Kennedy, his own marriages and divorces and even his mother who really seemed immortal. Actor, Mafioso and charmer, with hit songs unbeaten even by the Beatles or Elvis. A survivor, whose willpower was enough to beat everything, even himself. Frank Sinatra, the Voice.

ExperiDance Production and the theatre Békéscsabai Jókai Színház jointly stage a production presenting the story of the life, successes, friendships and love affairs and most importantly, the work, of one of the most successful singers of Europe and the United States of America who sold as many records as few others. The production entitled Frank Sinatra: The Voice celebrates the power of the star, demonstrating who we are and who we can become – through will and perseverance.

This is not the first time the two companies performing the piece are working together. They produced the musical The Count of Monte Cristo together in 2011 and RaM Colosseum has been keeping the piece on its repertoire ever since. The basic pillars of the Sinatra production are dance, choreography, costumes, light effects and music. The play is directed by György Szomor, while its precise and spectacular choreography was worked out by Sándor Román. With Tamás Vastag playing the leading role the audience is presented with a truly energetic performance, complete with nostalgic and humorous elements and emotions all of us share.



One thousand and one years Generations

One Thousand and One Year gala performance on 3 and 4 October 2015 – dance ensemble ExperiDance made history again!

Relying on a professional background of excellence built up by choreographer Sándor Román, the dramaturgs, scenarists, composers, stage designers and costume designers, ExperiDance is a dance company whose name has come to stand for premium entertainment, a brand name synonymous with “unforgettable experience”, a trademark that is a guarantee of audience-friendly, lasting quality in the genre of dance in the Hungarian and international world of the theatre.

The unparalleled success among the audience prompted the company to embark on a nation-wide tour, inviting the audience on a journey in time also in the sense that the production is now being staged with the participation of the original dancers, the founders of the company, a total of 57 excellent dance artists. Old and new favourites, dancers of years gone by and dancers of today take turns in the key roles, evoking the most glorious periods of the Dance Ensemble.



Happiness 69:09

‘Back in my day,’ says the generation of the 1960s, when they know something better than today’s young people. It turns out now whether they are right. The dance comedy entitled ‘Happiness 69:09’ compares the quest for happiness by young people in 1969 and 2009 by means of the greatest hits and hippest dance steps of the two eras.

Although 40 years elapsed between the two dates, there are a lot of similarities: Crises and reform efforts were shaping the everyday of people and their opportunities and goals. But all this is absorbed in an unforgettably joyful house party combined with time travel, where the club hits of the 2000s compete with the atmosphere of Pop Song Festivals, and flirting with girls/guys is as excitingly agonizing as at any time during the world’s history.



Liliomfi

Allegedly, Ede Szigligeti wrote his best-known comedy, Liliomfi, in two afternoons. ExperiDance Production needed somewhat more time than that to put the play on stage as a dance play. They should be excused by the many joyful, highly energetic dance performances, which galvanise new life into this classic of the 19th century.

Sándor Román and Zsolt Meskó’s joint work does not take love seriously even if it is as fatalistic as the romance between Liliomfi and Mariska. But it takes theatre, music and dance seriously, presenting the spectators with a magical experience.



Bartók

Do not crave for the unreachable, as happiness is uncertain even if you managed to get it.
It is a unique opportunity that allows a creative staff to set two one-act plays together on stage unfolding the coherence of their concepts.

Both plays show the eternal struggle between a woman and a man, the relationship of a couple, which is full of secrets, the searching for the elemental truths of human existence. The author, who is walking on the paths of the soul, is linked to his weekdays with thousand threads. The turbulent social changes in the twentieth century, the dark forces breaking up from the depths of the soul, the wild rampage threatening the life of hundreds, millions cannot be separated from the spirit of these plays.

Béla Bartók protests against these circumstances with his life-affirming truth, with his confidence in catharsis and ascension of soul.

The aim of the ones who set these plays on stage cannot be different in the in the twenty-first century either, be faithful to the original intention, struggle with seething chaotic forces and show the power of love between two souls, through the attempts of a woman and man to find the way to each other that will finally bring an ideal to spiritualize the entire world.



Radnóti – Dreams in two Acts


The nameplate on the poet Radnoti’s apartment door is still the one that he nailed up 75 years ago. He loved to ski, play tennis and paddle, their boat’s name was nick-nack. He went to the cinema, he was nuts about Chaplin, whistled French chansons. He was in love all through his life, his poems still are here with us.

The poet, Miklós Radnóti was named Jew under the laws of the state, he was a Catholic, following Jesus he baptized at the age of 33. In 1944 along with hundreds of thousands of fellows… from this point the story is not only his, it is our history The poet, Miklós Radnóti’s life in dreams, in poems, first time on stage in 30 scenes with 22 dancers and 8 actors. The play-book was composed from the poet’s poems, his diary entries and friends’ thoughts, citations from public speeches and writings between 1920 and 1945.





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